February 24, 2018

NYC Sues Oil Companies Over Climate Change

The lawsuit against Exxon, Chevron, BP, Shell and ConocoPhillips is the latest from a coastal city seeking to hold fossil fuel producers accountable
By Nicholas Kusnetz, Inside Climate News, January 11, 2018

Sandy floods NYC (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)


New York City is suing five of the largest oil companies over Continue reading

FERC Will NOT Overrule NY’s Denial for Constitution Pipeline Permit

FERC decision supports New York State DEC
By Robert Walton, UtilityDive, January 12, 2018

Finally, a FERC decision that does NOT support the oil and gas industry!

Dive Brief:

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DCS is Back in Court, Fighting for the Health of DRB Residents!

DCS supports the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) as the WLMG appeals the dismissal of its case against them.


Amicus brief, page 1

The Wayne Land and Mineral Group’s (WLMG) challenge to the DRBC’s regulatory authority was dismissed on March 23, 2017. They filed a Notice of Appeal to the Continue reading

Constitution Pipeline in NY Rejected by Court

Ny DEC had the right to reject the water permit required for the project
By Joseph Spector, Poughkeepsie Journal, August 18, 2017

Download the Court’s ruling as a pdf.
Read NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s statement about the ruling.

A federal Court of Appeals on Friday rejected a lawsuit from … Continue reading

PA Supreme Court Rules State Forest Gas Royalty Transfers Unconstitutional

Royalties earned on gas and oil extracted from state forests must be used for conservation and cannot be transferred to other departments for budgetary purposes
By Laura Legere and Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 20, 2017

This lawsuit was brought by the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation
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Important Win for Transparency in NYC Zoning Variances

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a series of reforms to the Board of Standards and Appeals zoning variance process
By The Municipal Art Society of New York, May 31, 2017

DCS: These new laws affecting the Bureau of Standards and Appeals zoning variance processes should have real impact Continue reading

Unbelievable! PA DEP Sues Towns in Favor of Frackers

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Sues Towns for Trying to Protect Their Environment
By InTheseTimes, April 4, 2017

In 2012, PA’s Act 13 made major changes to the rules governing the oil and gas industry.
In 2013, the PA Supreme Court declared unconstitutional the portion of the law that allowed
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Case Dismissed! DRBC Can Regulate Fracking in the Basin

Update: DCS comments to the DRBC on fracking economics and frack waste disposal

In May of 2016 the Wayne Land and Mineral Group (WLMG) filed suit in federal court challenging the authority of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to regulate natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin (DRB). … Continue reading

Live in the DRB? DCS is Fighting for Your Health!

Victory! Case dismissed! Court rules that the DRBC can regulate fracking in the Basin. Plaintiff may appeal.


Amicus brief, page 1

In May of 2016 the Wayne Land and Mineral Group filed suit in federal court challenging the authority of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to regulate natural gas Continue reading

Fracking Contamination Case Can Go to Trial

A Wyoming family who claim a natural gas company contaminated their drinking water will be allowed to take their case to trial, a federal judge has ruled
By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News, January 3, 2017

A Wyoming family who claim a natural gas company contaminated their drinking water will be … Continue reading